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Detectives continue to appeal for information on first anniversary of murder - Cherrybrook

Thursday, 29 April 2021 06:00:43 AM

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing to appeal for public information into the murder of Kalim Saliba one year on from his death in Sydney’s north-west.

Just before 12.30am on Wednesday 29 April 2020, emergency services were called to a home on Tallowwood Avenue, Cherrybrook, following reports two men had forced entry to the home.

Police attended and located the occupants, an 86-year-old man and 84-year-old woman, with serious head injuries.

They were treated at the scene before being taken to Westmead Hospital where the man, Kalim Saliba, later died.

Officers from Ryde Police Area Command established a crime scene and commenced inquiries into the incident, before detectives from the Homicide Squad took carriage of the investigation under Strike Force McCleery.

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, said police are continuing to investigate several lines of inquiry to identify those involved.

“Today marks one year since the death of Mr Saliba and police would like to thank the community for their help as investigators continue to work toward providing the Saliba family with answers,” Det Supt Doherty said.

“Two masked men viciously attacked an elderly couple in their home, a place where they have the right to feel safe, resulting in a family losing a loving husband, father and grandfather.

“Someone out there knows something and we are encouraging them to look into their conscience and come forward.”

As police continue their search for answers, the Saliba family appealed for those with information to come forward.

“Our family is devastated and continues to grieve, and we are urging anyone with information to contact police to share what they know, whatever that might be,” Kalim’s son, Joseph Saliba said.

“Dad will be forever cherished by our family as a loving father, grandfather and friend taken from us too soon,” he said.

“We would like to thank the NSW Police for their support and know they will not stop until they find justice for our family.”

Investigations under Strike Force McCleery are continuing.


Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force McCleery investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.